2244 Tasting Notes

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Awwww! Indigobloom was incredibly generous and gave me her last/close to last bit of this tea to try for myself! As part of an ENORMOUS amount of other samples! So excited; naturally I had to start trying things tonight, and clearly started with this one :D

Short note b/c I shouldn’t be on here at all. Too much work left.

It smells much like Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong to me. Kind of a toasty, tasty coconut flavour. Taste-wise it’s similar, but better. In which way, you ask? Damned if I know :P I suspect it’s the base, actually. I don’t recall exactly what I thought of Coconut Pouchong, but although I liked it, I seem to remember feeling like something was off. Definitely not the case here. I clearly should have brewed up about four infusions of it while I was downstairs, but now am going to have to wait until tomorrow (so tired).

Definitely leaving this on my purchase list for some time in the distant future. It is delicious. Thanks again Indigobloom! :D

ETA: Second infusion, same parameters, is pretty good. Quite coconutty. I would like to taste more oolong, but it’s quite lovely. Perhaps I’ll go for a third before I sleep tonight; we’ll see.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

heheeeee, SO glad you like this one!
You and Azzrian actually split the last of my last bit that I had found.
I think this is the only tea that can move me to order online. I will be doing that in a few months!

Yogini Undefined

Oooh I can`t wait to try this one!! Sounds awesome!

Lynne-tea

Awwwh jeez I wanted to try this one soo bad! I’ve been stalking it’s reviews for a while now. And now I want to try it even more. I will hold off until next next month as I am making a trip to a Davids Tea next week!.. (my wallet hates me I know it)

Azzrian

Puts hands over eyes – I did not see what Indigobloom said. :)

Indigobloom

Okay, so I’ll do a mass order for this one eventually as well! :)

Kittenna

So please count me in on your order – perhaps we could make a joint order? Is there a free shipping threshold? I’ll totally come down to TO for another tea shop adventure to pick it up :D

Indigobloom

Oooh I’m not sure!
I’ll investigate, after May 5!! :P

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88
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
2244 tasting notes

Drank this on the way to Toronto to meet up with Indigobloom!

Can’t remember details, but 3 minutes didn’t bring out enough black tea flavour, but the coconut was AMAZING. Started by drinking the second infusion, which was ok, and the first was like coconut heaven. More detailed notes to come next time I drink this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

ahhhh I can’t wait to try this!! and yogurt tea :P

Kittenna

Me too! My room smells like tea :D

Kittenna

Mmmmm, yogurt tea!

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88

Backlogging from yesterday morning. Oversteeped this (probably 5-6 mins) and no bitterness/astringency! Very impressed. So good.

Preparation
Boiling

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94
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Gave my roommate the 2oz. package I bought in my last order since I now have 4oz. on the way. She brewed some up tonight, and there was a cup’s worth leftover, so I nabbed it :D Apparently oversweetened it a touch tonight (tastes rather caramelly), but it’s tasty and spicy. Here’s hoping it doesn’t give me heartburn.

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93
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Backlog from late yesterday. It wasn’t as good. But I find nothing at work really is. Stupid hard water and crusty kettle :P

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51

This is again a tea that’s pretty old, but not too old. Only maybe 3 years.

Steeped, this smells a little odd, but definitely like lavender. Lucky, because that’s how I figured out which one it was :D What’s annoying, however, are all the little lavendar flowers floating at the top of my cup. This is supposed to be strained, I guess.

The taste is difficult to place. It’s weird. I think I can taste the white tea… oh yes, it’s definitely in the aftertaste, and I think I’m tasting lavender. Not getting hibiscus at all (this is relieving, actually). Will update this later if I can figure out what I’m tasting.

Probably not a tea I’d pick for myself. I think I like lavender in small doses, but this is a bit much. I’m also not really sold on flowering teas. I care about flavour, not presentation :P (Yes, I know the tea experience is visual as well, but that’s not the biggest part of it for me.)

ETA: Egh, I think I can taste the hibiscus in the second infusion. Also white tea aftertaste, which is good (also prominent in the first infusion, whereas hibiscus wasn’t). The hibiscus doesn’t work here, IMO. So decent marks for the white tea, but minus points for weird hibiscus tart bitterness.

AUGH! Seriously, I keep getting a lavender bud in my mouth and thinking it’s a bug. Ick.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

eating bugs, eeeek!! yah I’d never finish the cup…

Kittenna

It was tough… oh wait… I think I didn’t :P Guess I’ll have something lovely to throw out on Monday morning…

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Feel like I can smell some spice tonight, and getting some chocolate taste, but especially compared to 52teas Mayan Chocolate Chai, this is just not worth it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Tasting much more baked-goodsy flavour tonight, and less strawberry. Sad, I wanted strawberry. Sigh. At least I can taste the green tea, and it stood up to my accidental almost-five-minutes of steeping.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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92

Well I guess the crappiness of today has a second bright spot – the arrival of my matcha from Red Leaf Tea!

I’ll write a longer note later, but so far I’m sold. Having it as an agave-sweetened regular almond milk latte. The only concern? I swear it tastes like strawberry, not vanilla. But that could just be something funny that I’m tasting. It’s still delicious, and now I’m dying to try the actual strawberry one! And mango. And French vanilla. And…

ETA: Ok, so this was so much better than I was expecting! The flavouring tasted natural, not fake, and the matcha was obviously not low quality. The flavouring also didn’t overpower the lovely matcha flavour (I’m sure that might be a different story if I went for stronger flavouring options – which by the way is SUCH a good idea!) Another plus is that I didn’t find the matcha as bitter as straight matchas I’ve tried, so when mixed with regular almond milk, which is somewhat sweet, I definitely felt like extra sweetener was unnecessary. However, I needed an energy kick, so threw in a bit of agave syrup as well. The reduced bitterness also makes me feel like this might be a good matcha to try straight – which I haven’t been brave enough to try yet!

One of the best parts? I left about half my latte sitting in my car while I went to practice handbells with my group, and when i got back to my car it smelled SO WONDERFUL inside! And the smell is still lingering. It’s delightful. And definitely smells like vanilla, not strawberry, so who knows what’s up with my tastebuds.

Preparation
Iced
Azzrian

So obviously you figured out how to make matcha! LOL I have not tried again yet – any tips?

Azzrian

WAIT WAHT? You ordered different flavors of MATCHA? OMG trade trade trade incoming LOL hahaha

Kittenna

Hahaha, my matcha is not perfect, and it’s in latte form, which tends to cover up mistakes. Also, although it was a touch clumpy (entirely user error), they were not as bitter as when I make the one I have from DavidsTea. I just use a random amount of powder (2+ tsp) in a tiny amount (1/4 cup?) of hot milk, essentially beat it with a plastic spork thinger, and then top up with agave syrup and cold almond milk (I find heating up the almond milk is icky).

And heck yes, if you want to try this one you’ll find it in your next swap box :D

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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